Triple Played: Son makes Day one to remember
International Record Store Day on Saturday, April 20, was a huge success. It was the most fun we have ever experienced in almost 25 years of doing business in Grand Junction. My son Matthew’s idea of having live acoustic in-store performances from local artists was terrific!
Miss Emily started around 10:30 a.m. with a solo acoustic guitar set of five songs. She mentioned, almost apologetically, beforehand that she only knew a few songs on the guitar and asked the folks to only throw soft items at her. Needless to say, her incredible voice was in top form as she effortlessly moved through the originals “How Could You Know” and “Sweet Sunlight” and covered “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “I Ain’t Got You” with excellent response from the customers in the store.
Up next were the Widowmakers with Brian Limper on guitar and Scott Nelson on mandolin. I have known both Brian and Scott for more than 20 years, and, until last week, I didn’t even know that they knew each other let alone played music together for more than a decade.
They played about an hour and featured covers of Steve Earle’s “Johnny Come Lately,” Dwight Yoakam’s “Miner’s Prayer,” Rod Stewart’s “Gasoline Alley,” John Fogerty’s “Don’t Look Now” and others. These guys are my age and I could relate to their song choices and style of play, both being exceptional.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the band No Cash Value. This is a group of young men in their early 20s, and I really had no idea what they were going to play. I knew it was going to be acoustic, but I wrongly suspected I was going to have to tell them to turn it down at least once.
No Cash Value features Timothy Jennings on guitar/vocals, Dan Lauten on violin /vocals, David Rowly on stand-up bass/vocals and Richard Crespin on drums. They played the originals “King’s Chair,” “the Olive,” “Toasted Money,” “All Falls Down” and along with excellent cover versions of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and the Leiber and Stoller classic “Love Potion Number Nine.”
Jeremy Rizer on guitar and Dick Sterling on bass from Lowlands finished up the day with an acoustic set featuring covers of “White Freightliner Blues,” “Luxury Liner” and “Waiting on the Man” along with originals “Snow Road,” “Chop It Down,” “Carry Me Home” and “Good Times Gone” among others.
Lowlands is a very talented and entertaining band with its full lineup. Jeremy and Dick are gifted and versatile, and their performance Saturday afternoon was perfect for the day and the time.
Afterward, they asked if their band could come in some night after hours and record some songs. We told them how honored we were to be asked and that they could record any time.
Matthew did a great job of scheduling the performers for the day, and I was fortunate to run into Scott.
All of the performers to a person talked about how great the “room” sounded and how much fun they had playing in the store.
We invited all of them to come back and play for Triple Play Record’s 25th anniversary in May and/or on Thursday nights during the Downtown Farmers Market this summer.